When do classes meet?
The program meets one Saturday per month from September to July. The dates are as follows for the 2018-2019 year:
- September 29, 2018
- October 27, 2018
- November 17, 2018
- December 1, 2018
- January 26, 2019
- February 9, 2019
- March 30, 2019
- April 27, 2019
- May 11, 2019
- June 29, 2019
- July 20, 2019
Most sessions will run from from 9:00am -3:00PM. Two sessions are scheduled to run 9:00am-5:00pm.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided on all program days.
I’ve been working in the field for several years. Can I benefit from this program?
Absolutely! Learning is a lifelong process. Most MSW programs do not offer oncology-specific classroom instruction, so many seasoned oncology social workers have learned on the job, at professional meetings, or in continuing education. Experiential learning is critical and so is the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals about the state of the art in research, innovative practice, and programming, and theories of human behavior and development issues that challenge us in our work on a daily basis. This program will connect you to leaders in the field who will teach and mentor you towards elevated practice, regardless of whether you completed your MSW two years ago or ten years ago.
Where will the program take place?
All sessions will take place at the Perelman School of Medicine on Penn’s West Philadelphia campus. The campus is easily accessible by public transit; parking will be available for an additional fee.
I am full-time working professional, will there be homework?
Our instructors understand that participants will be working full-time. Learners are expected to complete some preparation before each monthly meeting, for example reading a few journal articles on the topic. These will be useful for applications in the workplace.
Is this program available online?
Presently, the program is not available online. We are exploring the possibility and logistics of distance learning for future cohorts. For those at a distance, join our mailing list for updates about future opportunities as our program develops.
What about traveling to Philadelphia?
Philadelphia is an easy destination city – accessible via Amtrak and air. Discounted hotel rooms on campus will be available. Many low cost AirBnB housing options are available in the nearby University City/West Philadelphia neighborhoods. For those at a distance, join our mailing list for updates about future opportunities as our program develops.
Does this program earn me the OSW-C?
This program is not affiliated with OSW-C (Oncology Social Worker, Certified) or the Board of Oncology Social Work Certification (BOSWC). However, credits earned through the ACOSW program would be eligible for application towards OSW-C renewal (as they are oncology specific). This program is not a requirement to obtain the OSW-C.
How many continuing education credits will I earn?
The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice is a CSWE accredited school and will supply continuing education credits. We will work with other social work continuing education state boards for approval in states where participants are licensed.
Completion of the certificate program offers 63 CEU’s including 3 ethics credits.
How competitive is the application process?
Our application asks that you provide details about your academic background and your current work with a statement of support from your current supervisor. Our staff is looking to build a cohort of well qualified individuals who will be able to directly apply what is learned to their practice. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with each applicant considered based on the fit between the applicants learning goals and the program offering.
Is financial aid available?
Penn SP2 encourages applicants to explore opportunities for tuition remission and professional development funding from their home institutions. In facilities/agencies with clinical ladders in place for employment advancement, we anticipate this program will help participants achieve requirements to make positive advancement in their clinical ladder.
Is this a graduate credit earning program?
You will not earn Penn academic/graduate credits as part of this program.